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WHAT WE LOVE...

Five-star Castelfalfi is part resort, part reclaimed Tuscan village. As well as a stylish main hub, the 1,100 hectare estate includes a medieval castle, an abandoned hamlet-turned-shopping street known as the borgo, a 27-hole golf course and a lovely spa. With views on all sides, the location has real wow-factor - and you needn't leave the complex to experience La Dolce Vita. Rent a vespa, take a pizza-making class or a wine-tasting tour; the activities on site are endless, but be sure to allow plenty of time for loafing, too. The sun-trap pool is endlessly inviting, as is the panoramic terrace. Most guests congregate there for drinks at the end of each day, before moving on to a meal at one of the many excellent restaurants.

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Orla Thomas
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Orla Thomas is a freelance journalist and editor specialising in travel. She regularly contributes to The Times and The Sunday Times, National Geographic Traveller magazine and Lonely Planet, as well as writing about travel telly (among other things) for the Radio Times. Keen on nature walks and wild swimming, you can find her on both Instagram (@orlakthomas) and Twitter (@OrlaThomas).

THE DETAILS

Location

We loved the hotel's view over the valley - step onto the terrace and you'll feel like you've been transported to the backdrop of a Renaissance-era painting.

The hotel is in the pretty town of Montaione, from which you can visit Siena, Florence or Pisa - all within an hour's drive.
By plane: direct flights to Pisa from London, Manchester and Bristol take around 2 hours 30 minutes. The hotel is a 45-minute drive from the airport. Free parking available. skyscanner.net

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Style & Character

Active couples on a romantic retreat or small groups of friends here for a low-key celebration will feel right at home. Original artworks are dotted all over Castelfalfi, including a series of sculptures rendered in local Carrara marble.

Service & Facilities

Complimentary CastelfalFIT exercise classes are timetabled daily, including stretching, yoga and neurotraining: a workout for body and mind.

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Fitness centre
  • Spa
  • Kids' club
  • Golf course
  • Bike hire
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi

Rooms

Book a suite with a view for pole position over the valley, a private terrace and bags of space around your big, comfy bed. There are perfect pillows and creamy linens on the beds - uncommonly silky and smooth, even by luxury hotel standards.

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Facilities include: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, bathrobes and slippers, hairdryer, espresso machine, TV, air conditioning, free Wi-Fi

Food & Drink

We loved the produce from the estate, from aromatic olive oil, served with the finest focaccia, to Castelfalfi gin on the cocktail list. The aubergine millefeuille served at Il Rosmarino was packed with flavour, and paired well with the estate's Sangiovese.

Il Rosmarino: steakhouse and wood-fired pizzas. Open seasonally for lunch and dinner.
Country Clubhouse: golf course restaurant. All-day dining, open daily.
Giglio Blu: poolside restaurant, light bites and grills. Open seasonally for lunch and drinks.

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